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Lions 'glad to get away' after league game at Infinity
1:54pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Sport
Infinity 2 Andover Lions 0.
Andover Lions knew they were in for a tough game on Saturday when they were without five first team regulars through injury, suspension and work commitments.
Despite the depth of their squad they lost their first match of the season and top spot in Division One of the PEHPL to an Infinity team who were physically much stronger than Ray Cozze’s young line up.
However the Andover manager was outraged at the manner in which their victory was achieved. “In all my time in football I have never witnessed such abuse and intimidation handed out on a football pitch. “The abuse was aimed at the players, the referee and our supporters and unfortunately the official wasn’t strong enough to handle it and how on earth Infinity finished the game with 11 players is beyond me.”
The match started at a furious pace that hardly abated and long spells were concentrated around a congested midfield. Alex Campbell’s headed effort looped over the bar then Infinity went close when captain Ryan Elliott, lashed a shot over the bar.
Casson Spencer glanced a header wide before Tommy Stringer, a summer target for the Lions, had the best chance of the half but his shot was spectacularly cleared off the line by a determined John Robb. Lions soon fell behind in the second half when Elliott crossed and Dexter Maclean headed back and into the corner and the same player then added a second on 74 minutes with a breakaway goal. Maclean almost got his hat-trick in the final minutes when his shot came back off the bar but most people were surprised that he was still on the pitch after several verbal tirades at the referee and a virtual assault on Lions’ skipper Robb minutes before his second.
Cozze was almost lost for words after the match. “There is no doubt that we were second best today and at half- time I was very critical of a number of my players. But at the end I just wanted to get out of there and although I still think that we could have done a lot better today I have to credit the players for not retaliating to the abuse. “We play an undefeated Hamble Club this week so we have a great opportunity to get back into winning ways against a team that will hopefully want to play football against us”
The Lions kick off at 3pm at Charlton track.